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The Pendulum, Phi Psi Cli honored by state media association

The Elon University student media organizations collected three Best of Show awards in a contest hosted by the North Carolina College Media Association.

The Pendulum, the newspaper of the Elon News Network, and Phi Psi Cli yearbook were awarded individual and Best of Show awards on Feb. 24 by the North Carolina College Media Association. The awards were presented at the association’s conference for college media students and advisers held at North Carolina State University.

Six Elon University students attended the North Carolina College Media Association’s 2018 conference for college media students and advisers, which was hosted at North Carolina State University on Feb. 24. Pictured (front, from left) are Jordan Levine, Laurel Wind, Sarah Stone, (back), Reid Cobb, Emmanuel Morgan and Grace Morris.

The awards contest included hundreds of entries from more than 20 college media outlets from across the state. Below is a list of only the Elon winners. (The place next to the names indicates where students finished in a particular category.)

Newspaper—Small School (6,500 student enrollment and less)

Best of Show – Newspaper

The Pendulum

Best of Show – Online News

The Pendulum


1. Alex Simon – “Shay Burnett (5), Malaya Johnson (44) and Jenifer Rhodes (11) react to winning the Colonial Athletic Association

Single- or Two-Page Design

2. Stephanie Hays – “Front Page, Sept. 20, 2017

3. Alex Toma and Elena Hernandez – “Perfecting the art of makeup


1. Diego Pineda and Alex Toma “Fall Dance Concert (Multiple Exposure Photography)

2. Hannah Sicherman and Alex Toma – “Playing for the big dance


2.  Ree Plumley – “Other people’s cultures should not be worn as costumes

Morgan highlights the organizational structure of Elon News Network while lecturing during a student-led presentation session.

Digital Storytelling

1. Emmanuel Morgan – “When Connie Book left Elon two years ago, her journey to the presidency had just begun

2. Bryan Anderson – “Elon administration grapples with legal demands, safety concerns of immigration ban

3. John Curtis and Paige Pauroso – “Substance abuse, mental health resources aim to ease college transition

News Writing

2: Diego Pineda – “It Happens Here, Too

Feature Writing

3. Deirdre Kronschnabel – “A fur-ever classic: Elon theater updates 'Cats' aesthetic

Sports Writing

1. Emmanuel Morgan – “The revival of Elon's football program

2. Tommy Hamzik – “Fulfilling a Vision

Opinion Writing

2. Olivia Ryan – “Mental illness affects everyone — let’s take it seriously

3. Staff – “Final presidential candidates should be made public


Best of Show – Yearbook

Phi Psi Cli

Student Life Copy

1: Tommy Hamzik – “Leaving a legacy

Sports Copy

1. Lane Pritchard – “Phoenix Phanatics Pump Up the Games

2. Kimberly Honiball – “Lace-em up

3. Rachel Echevarria – “We are the champions


1. Caroline Brehman – “Photo 4

Inside Spread Design

2. Laurel Wind – “Matt & Kim

3. Jordan Levine – “Brew something up

In total, six Elon University students attended the daylong conference, which featured workshops, panel discussions, critiques and a keynote address. The students in attendance were ENN staff members Reid Cobb, Emmanuel Morgan and Grace Morris, as well as Phi Psi Cli members Jordan Levine, Sarah Stone and Laurel Wind. Morgan, ENN managing editor, and Wind, Phi Psi Cli editor-in-chief, presented in sessions addressing best practices for their respective publications.

Lecturer Kelly Furnas and Communications Manager Tommy Kopetskie accompanied the students to the Raleigh conference. Furnas serves as The Pendulum adviser, while Kopetskie advises the yearbook.

Tommy Kopetskie,
2/27/2018 1:25 PM